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Design & Technology

It is our aim to equip young people with the skills necessary to take a proactive role in society. Pupils build their knowledge and confidence by creating innovative solutions to identified problems, considering both practical and aesthetic needs. Students will have an understanding of the impact that social, economic and environmental issues have on us and the worldwide community.

In Years 9 & 10 students who have chosen to specialise in D&T continue to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through a wide range of practical tasks. The specialist materials taught are woods, metals, plastics, paper & boards but students are also introduced to electronics, textiles, CAD/CAM, systems & control and smart & modern materials.

Year 9 Projects

Materials

Practical Focus

Folder Focus

Linkage Toy & Blister Pack

 

MDF, Card, Polythene sheet

Cutting and enhancing MDF/Vacuum forming

 

Woods Theory /Mechanisms/ Legislation/     Purpose of Packaging/ Information on Packaging/2D Design/plastics theory

Key Hooks

 

Softwood & hardwood

Inlaying/Finishing Techniques

Quick sketching/fixtures & fittings/Finishes/Health & safety/Google SketchUp

Bridge Build

 

Paper & Straws

Teamwork/Constraints

 

Structures/Tolerances/Mechanical & Physical properties/data analysis

Chocolate Packaging

Card

 

Teamwork/Manufacturing in Quantity/Quality Control

 

Jigs/Templates/Formers/Manufacturing in Quantity/Production lines/Boards theory/Design Movements

Storage box/cabinet

MDF/Perspex/

Acrylic

 

Wood joints/fixtures & fittings/CAD CAM/layering acrylic

 

Client profile/3D Drawing/Orthographic Projection/Materials ordering/Knock down fittings/exploded views

 

Year 10 Projects

Materials

Practical Focus

Folder Focus

Pewter rings & packaging

Pewter/Styrofoam/Neoprene / Microfibre cloth

 

Casting/CAD CAM

 

Metals theory/Printing processes/Special printing effects/Fabrics theory/Anthropometrics/

Ergonomics

 

Upcycled clock

MDF/Mechanism/student sourced materials

Combining materials

 

Sustainability/Modern & Composite Materials/Adhesives

 

Pop-up Cards

Card/Smart Materials

 

Cutting and assembly of cards and boards

Card Mechanisms/SMART materials

Computer Control & Electronics

Electronic components. Microbit accessories

 

Creating sequence diagrams for computer control. Soldering

Basic circuits and components. Microbit.

Please click here to see examples of student work.

Considering a career in Design or Engineering? Click here to find out more information about our 'A' Level course in D&T.

Students start their Year 11 coursework at the end of Year 10, when the design briefs are released by the board. We use AQA for our examining board, specification: Design & Technology (8552)

Assessment criteria:

NEA (Non-Examination Assessment)   100 marks 50% of GCSE grade

Students produce a practical piece with a supporting folder of work. Students may specialise in the material of their choice when making their product. The majority of work is done within lesson time but aspects of the folder work may be completed at home. Folder work is completed electronically on a PowerPoint.

Written Examination (2 hours)               100 marks 50% of GCSE grade   

A mixture of multiple choice, short answer, design and drawing tasks and extended answer questions, based on the core skills and knowledge, materials specialism and the design and make principles.

Useful websites:

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.mr-dt.com/materials/main.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/resistantmaterials/

http://www.designinsite.dk/

http://manufacturing.stanford.edu/

http://www.neok12.com/Industry.htm

http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/subjects/Design-and-Technology.aspx

http://www.the-warren.org/GCSERevision/resistantmaterials/GCSR%20Resistant%20Materials%20Quizzes.htm

AQA past papers and marks schemes can also be found on the Student Share (M) drive.

Please click here to see some of the visits we run within D&T.